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Hey folks, has anyone photographed a wedding or any formal photo shoot?  I have now done my 2nd wedding.  I didn't feel under equipped for the job but always look for improvement.  I took two cameras and several lenses and a tripod but what other things are "nice to have" or "don't leave home without it"? 
The question is broad but the answers can be anything from equipment to fleshing out a good contract before hand (researching this now).  Thanks.
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Most states have a PPA at state level which can provide training opportunities.  Conventions like http://www.wppionline.com/wppi-show.shtml can teach you what good wedding photos look like.
There are many styles of wedding photography.  I tend to like to have a portable canvas background and studio type lights.  I think its a nice idea to have different types of remote flash units for certain types of shots.  A tripod is great for window light shots.  If you can talk them into doing interesting things after the wedding you can get some great shots.  Hard to get them to do bridal portraits prior because of hair and makeup and flowers. Engagement photos that tell a story of where they met are a good idea.  No matter what you are limited to what they want but each wedding has its own unique opportunities you just have to scout the area in advance and be prepared to make suggestions. Knowing to put the sun behind them outside and using fill flash is key to outdoor portraits just like blocking out as much of the sky as possible with trees and using depth of field to your advantage.
If you have specific questions you can ask.  I did that for a living for about 10 yrs.  Honestly you can spend way more money on equipment than what you can ever make back in most markets. Digital killed it for me I was getting 25 for 5x7 and smaller and 45 for 8x10 good luck selling anything larger it rarely happens. People don't like to buy photography sight unseen so you need to have some sample albums.
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Thanks for the link and the advice.  I am slowly building my equipment up like the studio lights etc.  I only have one speedlight but have used it off camera with good success. My wife helps with scouting locations and poses and camera angles. 

It rained on the wedding day so all of our outdoor pictures got scrapped for indoor only.  What mattered is the bride and groom loved the pictures I took. 

On the making money end, I didn't charge by the mastered photo but charged a flat (token) rate for several pictures on DVD and said they can reproduce them all they want.  I did this for two reasons.  The bride and groom were good friends and on a tight budget and I am new to this and want to get advertising.  I gave them two copies on each one.  A high resolution for prints and low resolution with a watermark with name for uploads to social media. 
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People often value your work at what they have to pay for it.  I've done free photo jobs for friends but if you approach this as a business you have to value your time and equipment costs.  I always had top quality equipment with a backup if something didn't work when doing it for pay.  There is lots of money to be made doing senior photos and on location enviromental family portraits. Weddings are a tough sell. Doing work on digital is less of a risk than it was on film because your film and developing costs for a good wedding ran about $250 cost shooting medium format or 35 mm.  With digital you can shoot lots but make sure you have check off list of the basic photos you would expect to find in the album and mark them off when you do them.  Having better lighting techniques than the guy next to you with his phone camera is important and some type of off camera light with a radio slave system would be preferable as well as having a good tripod for existing light shots. A photographer can only be at one wedding per day and do it correctly most will be Fri or Sat and out of 52 weeks most photographers are only busy a few of them because all brides want Spring or Fall weddings typically so once your booked on a date its not like you create more weekends in June.
Really good albums Leather Craftsman and Capri or Art Leather tend to be costly to put together.
Someone starting out might be better off to set a flat rate $ Plus whatever they order at cost but the down side there is it takes a lot of time to properly put together an album. The problem with handing them a CD and saying print what you want is that a pro lab wont be doing their prints and you wont get the kind of custom prints and retouched prints and digital artwork that makes pictures really great.
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